Hope: Day – 7
Hope Deferred, I don’t think so.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a sudden good break turns your life around”. Proverbs 13:12 This. Is. Truth.
Creating a living space of sustainable Hope was one of the most challenging Spiritual Disciplines to learn, and then apply.
I spent many years, ten to be exact, leaning in to God so that I would develop a lifestyle of sustainable Hope.
Hope appears to be elusive, unattainable. One moment I would feel hopeful, and in the next breath, I felt despondent. It wasn’t lasting. I kept finding myself in the arms of despair and hopelessness, over and over again. Feeling hopeless was like falling into a dark, cold, and wet well. I knew there was a rope, and His name was Jesus. I knew that He was right there, but I couldn’t grab ahold to Him in a sustainable way, and then climb out.
What’s the backstory to Hope deferred…
Getting to the root of the problem was critical. I didn’t want an over-the-counter prescription that would only treat my symptoms. I needed a sustainable solution. I needed healing and deliverance.
I used to apply my own skewed understanding and finite knowledge to God’s process and His infinite wisdom, in the fulfillment of my purpose. My focus was on my timeline and not His timeframe. I tried to control the how and the when God moved in my life.
Sustainable hope does not rest with our limited knowledge, and unreliable timeline.
The sustainability of Hope rests in God’s assurance and in His faithfulness. Full stop.
Every. Single. Time. I chose to write my own prescription for His plan, when things didn’t turn out the way I expected, I chose hopelessness.
I believe, with every fiber of my being, that God does not lead us to hopeless places.
God is never late. He always arrives right on time in our lives. So, if you’ve been praying and persevering and the answers haven’t come, and the promises have not been manifested, yet…Hold tight. God will not fail you. He sees the whole picture from His high place. What you’re believing and trusting Him for, is coming, and it’s coming soon…
Q: Have you ever experienced hopelessness, if so, I would love to hear your experience?